We human beings can only test the truth of a thing through our own experience of it, and the reality of God is something we can only feel our way into via our own experience. When the Norns first came to me, I was still predominantly Christian. I cannot escape the influence Christianity had on me, but I do not believe that other religions and other people’s ways are invalid or “demonic.” Christianity, like any other religion, is a particular set of beliefs that is intended to guide the formation of a child’s personhood into moral adulthood. Therefore my brand of religion and my neighbor’s brand of religion are going to be as different as we are.
The words of Jesus of Nazareth – “Love thy neighbor as thyself” – made the strongest impact upon me as a child. Although I have studied and adopted practices from other World Faiths, this still remains an ideal, core value for me.
Love God. This is what the Bible tells us. Yet God is far greater than any finite human being can realize. After all, human beings seem to maintain a version of God made in their own image. I truly think that individually we need to examine ourselves for our personal image of God, which is a belief collectively formed of everything we have ever been told about God, before we can ever have a deeply personal relationship with the God we follow, however that God manifests to us.
I also feel deeply, based upon my own experience of it, that the truest understanding I can have of God is through the experience of Mysticism. Mysticism is deep enough to encompass the concept of the One God and the Many Gods. Mysticism is not a path of dry intellectualism that seeks to explain (or justify) God in alignment with any philosophy, but that knows through the feeling of the Heart whether something holds truth.
Thus it is that I can accept Polytheism with more rationality than I can accept Monotheism. But I can also reason that a “God” that created Multiverses is much larger than any god my mind can create, that perhaps Something – which Gurdjieff called the Absolute – stands as the Creator behind any and all Gods I can ever know. I had an experience that proved this to me.
When my relationship with the Norns was still new, I still held the fear-based, negative teachings of Christianity that warn us away from all evil spirits. How could I discern whether the Norns were evil spirits? The Norns had only ever shown me goodness, kindness, and help for my spiritual growth, but I wanted to know above and beyond my indoctrinated fears that They were legit. I figured that if They were of God, they would be attuned to loving God. So one day I requested Their Presence, and They came to be with me at my Mesa. I entered into the state of loving God and They joined with me in my act of worship. During this time, Odin came in. I felt His powerful Presence and His love, and I knew Odin was as legit as the Norns and any other teachings of “God” I had ever had. Odin told me once, while I was struggling through a difficult emotional state, that He wants his children to experience life in a state of joy.
Human beings like to be right; I can never argue with another person’s faith. But I believe the Spirit of God to be as large as the Winds that blow freely on Earth and among the Stars, so I will live my own life with this acceptance, this joy, this freedom within, and this love.